Top book blogger Hooc Ott crashes yet another safe space in the comments on a post entitled pre- Le Guin SF Short Fic Reviews over at Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations blog. It turns out that, yes, being a fan of one of science fiction’s most beloved pulp authors is in fact triggering to certain strains of geekdom:
Hooc Ott: No Leigh Brackett? Her absence from the review list is more [than] massively conspicuous.
From couch to moon: I can’t speak for the other reviewers in the series, but in my mind, Leigh Brackett is too well-known for this series, thanks to her SF Masterworks status. I’ll assume most of us have read Leigh Brackett, have greatly enjoyed The Long Tomorrow, and are also repelled by the childish pulpiness of most of her short fiction. Personally, I was aiming for writers I haven’t explored yet, who were writing complex, ahead-of-their-time fiction, while others probably wanted to highlight less-celebrated writers, and others still wanted to highlight a particular under-explored niche of SF.
Also, and this is just a warning: “I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU LEFT OFF MY FAVORITE” often sounds like, “I HAVE NOTHING OF VALUE TO CONTRIBUTE ABOUT THE OTHER AUTHORS IN THIS POST BECAUSE I HAVEN’T READ THEM, BUT I WANT TO PROVE MY SCIFI SUPERIORITY AND UNDERMINE YOUR SELECTIONS BY INSINUATING THAT I THINK YOU HAVEN’T READ ENOUGH SCIFI” which also sounds like “I AM A CHILD AND I LIKE TO READ SCIFI WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN AND THIS MAKES ME MORE SCIFI THAN YOU NAH NAH NAH BOO BOO.”
Not that *I* interpret it that way, but you might want to know how it looks.
Now, there’s so much wrong here it’s hard to know where to begin.
Oh, and one more thing since you mention it: Ursula Le Guinn was not the real watershed moment of science fiction and fantasy. If you’re looking for a significant turning point, it makes more sense to think in terms of before and after Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.